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Wilma Marie Friesen, ’47

Posted on 03 June 2016 by editor

1463850642Wilma Marie Friesen was born May 8, 1921, in Whitewater, Kansas, to Willie and Catherine (Wiebe) Harder. She died Friday, May 20, 2016, in Talihina, Oklahoma, at age 95. Wilma was reared and educated in Whitewater and graduated with the Whitewater High School Class of 1940. After high school she attended Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated in 1947. Wilma was strong in her faith and was baptized at Emmaus Mennonite Church in Whitewater. She married Peter Z. Friesen on August 9, 1955, in Aberdeen, Idaho. Wilma spent most of her working life as an Ordained Missionary for Avant Ministries. She had a variety of pastimes such as reading, cooking, sewing, and telling stories to her children and grandchildren. Above all, she was a prayer warrior and loved sharing the Lord with people any opportunity she had. Loving family members include: Husband Peter Z. Friesen of Whitewater; Daughters Winnona Brush and husband Ron of Owasso, and Lynette Hinton and husband Geoffrey of Talihina; 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and many adopted spiritual grandchildren. Wilma was preceded in death by her cousin and Peter’s first wife, Elsie Regier, brother, Eldon Harder, brother, Willfred Harder, sister, Catherine Crocker, Sister, Mildred Dahlenburg, and son, Virgil Friesen.

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Edna Schultz, ’47

Posted on 17 February 2016 by editor

schultzedna0215Edna M. Schultz, age 90 of Henderson, Neb., passed away Monday, February 15, 2016, in Henderson. She was born to David H.A. Schultz on July 24, 1925. She attended grade school in school district 113, Dawson County, Montana. Upon her confession of faith, Edna was baptized October 15, 1939, and became a member of Bethlehem Mennonite Church, Bloomfield, Montana. Edna graduated from Grace Bible Institute in 1947.

Following graduation Edna and Maria Thieszen worked together as missionaries in Oklahoma for 15 years with the “Go Ye Mission.” When Maria’s mother died, she and Maria lived with Maria’s father in Henderson for 10 years. During that time, they were involved in children’s ministry, conducting after school Bible classes, teaching vacation Bible School and helping at several different Bible camps during the summer. For 18 summers they were managers of the Storytime Bus, a 42-passenger bus which was their mobile home as they went to swimming pools and county fairs to give the Word of God to boys and girls.

They moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Hastings in 1979 where Edna worked in the nursing home for 22 years, 14 of those years in the dietary department and 8 years in the laundry. After retirement, she was involved in volunteer work in the village. In October 2014, Edna moved to Henderson Healthcare. While there, she enjoyed the Bible studies and other programs. She also appreciated the care of the staff at the home.

Edna is survived by her brother Paul Schultz and his wife Myrtle of Richey, Montana, sister-in-law Frances Schultz of Oklahoma City, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; Maria Thieszen; nine brothers; and a sister.

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Maria Thieszen, ’47 and Alumna of the Year ’02

Posted on 20 October 2015 by editor

thieszenmaria1016Maria Thieszen, age 99 of Henderson, Neb., died Friday, October 16, 2015. She was born to Abraham and Agathea (Peters) on May 22, 1916, on a farm southwest of Henderson. She attended grade school at District 31. Maria was baptized by Rev. H. Epp and became a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church. Maria graduated from Grace Bible School in 1947. After graduation Maria and Edna Schultz, who was also from the Grace University class of 1947, served as missionaries with “Go Ye Mission” in Oklahoma for 15 years.

After Maria’s mother died, Maria and Edna moved back to Henderson and became involved with children’s ministry, teaching after school Bible classes, teaching vacation Bible schools, and helping at Bible Camps. For 18 years they were managers of the Story Time Bus, a 42-passenger bus, which was their mobile home as they traveled to different communities ministering to children.

In 1979 they moved to the Good Samaritan Village in Hastings. Maria worked in the housekeeping department in the nursing home and later in the dietary department. After retirement, Maria spent many years doing volunteer work at the village. In 2001, she was named Volunteer of the Year by the Nebraska Health Care Association and also the Good Samaritan Volunteer of the Year. In 2002, she was named Grace University’s Alumna of the Year for her service to the Lord.

It was with great joy and satisfaction for her to teach the word of God to 30-40 children a week in the Children’s Day Care at The Village. In September of 2012, Maria moved to the Henderson Health Care. There she appreciated the care of the staff at the home.

Survivors include Edna Schultz and a host of nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her parents, brothers Abe P. and Daniel Thieszen, and sister Eva Friesen, sisters-in-law Maragret Thieszen and Clara Thieszen, brother-in- law Albert Friesen, and nephew Wilbur Thieszen.

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Jeanne Habegger Boehr Crouthamel

Jean Habegger Boehr Crouthamel

Posted on 25 October 2012 by vunruh

Jeanne Elizabeth Habegger, ’47, was born October 19, 1920, in Berne, Indiana, to Alfred and Barbara (Hirschy) Habegger.  She was raised on the Cheyenne reservation in Busby, Montana, where her parents were missionaries. Jeanne was baptized on confession of faith in Jesus Christ on May 12, 1936, by her father, and sang “Living for Jesus” with her group of baptismal candidates.

Jeanne was joined in marriage to Reverend John William Boehr on August 29, 1943, in Newton, Kansas.  The ceremony was held after her graduation from Bethel Deaconess Hospital. She also earned a B.A. degree from Bluffton College where her uncle A.S. Rosenberger was president at the time. She and John were accepted to go as missionaries to China, but the door to China closed. Instead, in 1946, God led them to Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, (now Grace University) where Mr. Boehr taught music and photography until his death in 1977. During those years he took leave for the couple to serve as interim missionaries in Busby, Montanta, for a year and to attend school in Chicago, Illinois, for a year to obtain a music degree. Jeanne worked as an R.N. most of her married life to John. John Boehr was taken to heaven in a car collision on August 5, 1977. The accident also took the life of Jeanne’s mother.

The following verses meant much to her:  Romans 8:35; 37–39: “What can separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or peril or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other creation shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jeanne continued to show her interest in missions through prayer, monetary support and service. She served in Taiwan for two years, as well as in Ecuador and Mexico. She enjoyed traveling and adding to the visa stamps in her passport. After living as a widow for 15 years in Omaha and Newton, she was joined in marriage to Carl Eugene Crouthamel, a retired atomic scientist, on November 29, 1992. They moved to Green Valley, Arizona, and then, in 1998, to Sierra View Homes in Reedley, California, where they lived for 13 years. In May 2011, they moved to Glendora, California, to live with her daughter Rachel.

Jeanne, 91 years old, passed away at home on September 16, 2012, after a short illness.

Jeanne is survived by her husband, Carl Crouthamel of Bothell, Washington; sisters, Helen and husband, Herb Fretz of Bluffton, Ohio, and Esther and husband, Paul Sauder of Lewiston, Idaho, brother, Rev. David Habegger of Newton, Kansas, and  Marianna Habegger of Reedley, California, widow of her brother, Dr. Marden Habegger; one sister-in-law, Anna Louise Amstutz and husband Jonathan of Berne, Indiana, and one brother-in-law, Ernest Boehr and wife Louise of Altadena, California; six of her seven children: Elaine and husband Dr. Ron Beals of Tyler, Texas, Rachel and husband Dr. Paul Gray of Glendora, California, Philip and wife Ann of Lincoln, Nebraska, David of Carrollton, Texas, Cedric’s widow, Sandi Boehr of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Christine and husband Joseph Harms of Frisco, Texas, and Gareth and wife Lydia of Omaha, Nebraska; three stepsons, Steven, Kevin and David Crouthamel, and their families; 24 grand children, and 34 great grandchildren.

Jeanne Boehr Crouthamel lived in the hope that her entire family would be joining her in glory!!  Her immediate family gathered in Dallas on September 22  to celebrate her life and to share memories of her eternal impact on their lives. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” Psalm 116:15

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1947, Ruth (Krigor) Miller

1947, Ruth (Krigor) Miller

Posted on 03 January 2012 by Mel Friesen

Ruth M. Miller,89, previously of Quakertown, PAdied on Nov. 14 in Chesterfield, Va. She was the wife of the late Raymond L. “Ray” Miller.  Born in Quakertown, she was a daughter of the late cialis professional John and Tessie (Weikel) Krigor.

She was employed as a bookkeeper for Love the Children and the former Eagle Shirt Co., and was office manager at the former Quakertown Ford, all of Quakertown.  She was a member of East Swamp Mennonite Church, Quakertown, where she was a former Sunday school teacher.

Surviving, son, Larry D. Miller of Chesterfield, Va.; grandchildren; Colin, Donna and Samantha; great-grandchildren; Matthew, Christian, Brendan, Ryan, Ian, Philip and Stephen; and brother-in-law, Carl Flickner. She was predeceased by grandson Robert, and sisters Marie Flickner and Grace Auckland.  Services will be held noon Saturday, Nov. 19 in East Swamp Mennonite Church, 2405 E. Swamp Rd., Quakertown. Call: 11am – noon Sat. in the church. Interment in East Swamp Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to the church, or Camp Men-o-Lan, 1415 Doerr Road Quakertown, PA 18951.

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Evangeline (Spenst) Bartel

Posted on 17 December 2011 by Mel Friesen

1947, Evangeline Diann Bartel, 86, of Grand Forks formerly of Munich, ND passed away December 10, 2011 at Woodside Village, Grand Forks.

Evangeline, often known as Vange or Vangie, was born on October 12, 1925 to John P. and Mary (Duerksen) Spenst in rural Moscow Township west of Langdon. She attended elementary school at Moscow 3. Opportunities for high school were limited, but Vange was determined to get as much education as possible. In 1944, she graduated from Bethany Bible Training School in Munich, ND. She graduated from Grace Bible Institute in Omaha, NE with a teaching certificate in 1947 while at the same time completing high school via correspondence courses from American School, Chicago, IL. She was awarded her high school diploma in 1948 after already having a college diploma. She then attended Mayville State Teachers College, and later taught in one-room schools in Moscow and Waterloo townships for 5 years.

Evangeline married Alvin Bartel on June 3, 1954 at the Swiss Mennonite Church, Alsen, ND where they were active members for many years. Evangeline and Alvin farmed in the Alsen/Munich area until they retired in 1987. They enjoyed volunteering for many projects at FaHoCha Bible Camp and Child Evangelism Fellowships Camp Good News. Cooking for large groups of hungry young campers were summer highlights. In 1991, Alvin and Vange moved to Langdon. In 2002, Evangeline moved to Grand Forks.

While a student at Grace, Evangeline was voted Class Poet. She continued to use that talent as friends and family often requested personalized poetic pieces for their special occasions. Having had a lifelong but unrealized dream of learning to play the piano, she made sure each of her children had musical opportunities. Evangeline was also an avid gardener, taking special delight in any berry and fruit crops the harsh ND climate allowed. Cooking and baking brought much pleasure, the results of which she generously shared with family and the community.

Evangeline will be deeply missed by children Susan (Keith) Gronhovd New Hope, MN, Lee (Joy) Bartel Owasso, OK, Tim (Twyla) Bartel Grand Forks, ND; and grandchildren John and Philip Gronhovd; Carah and Caleb Bartel; and Matthew and Jonathan Bartel; also brother Earl Spenst Devils Lake; sisters-in-law Marion Bartel Langdon and Adeline Anderson Madelia, MN; brother-in-law Luverne (Betty) Bartel Pine River, MN; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families.

Evangeline was preceded in death by her parents, beloved husband Alvin Bartel, brother Richard Spenst, and infant grandson Joshua Bartel.

A memorial/funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM, January 7, 2012 at Swiss Mennonite Church, Alsen, ND.

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